Friday, 25 October 2013

Swift sp seen at Seasalter. 24th Oct.

A tweet by Geoff Burton alerting that a swift sp was seen circling and going west at Seasalter by Greg Herne. A call from Mark Chidwick got us down there within a few minutes but no sign of the bird. Worked our way west stopping at the pumping station where c.400 black-tailed godwits were feeding off the outfall, they seem to be slowly increasing in numbers as only seen a couple of weeks ago when I saw six. Also my first big numbers of knot, big being 42! A small flock of dunlin was wheeling about amongst the brent and a group of 5 shoveler sitting on the mud was a surprise.  Moving onto the S.Swale NNR, still no sign of the swift just a few beardies pinging in the reedbed so Mark told me,  (new ears please).  Beyond the white post we started to see a few birds, the 2 wheatears were still on the beach together with c.20 mipits and 6-8 skylarks and a pair of stonechats further on.

There was little to photograph, just snapped at this distant skylark on the wall and working our way back in the hot sunshine (had to take my coat off, crazy weather) we saw 5 clouded yellow butterflies and finally a buzzard circling Cleve Farm.

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